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Community FAQ

How can I find information on preserving family treasures?

NEDCC has a series of pamphlets on their website that offers extensive, reliable information on the preservation of family treasures in various media.

How can I locate a trained conservator near me?

The American Institute for Conservation website has a “Find a Conservator” section of their website that assists in locating conservators in various disciplines within geographic areas.

Where can I purchase conservation-quality storage materials?

The BookArts Web lists conservation-quality storage materials’ vendors.

How can I find conservation framing information?

See the Library of Congress Guide to Preservation Matting and Framing for specifications.

Who can appraise my family collection items?

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of American , The Appraisers Association of America,  and the American Society of Appraisers provide lists of certified appraisers in specific geographic locations

What are the best storage conditions for special items?

Store treasures in an area with a stable temperature around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, with humidity levels under 55 percent,and minimal exposure to light. Protect items from water and heat sources. It is better to exhibit copies whenever possible, keeping the originally safely stored.

What are some tips for digital family collections?

Just as with physical collections, digital collections will endure if you take good care of them. Here are some tips to help you with your digital collections:

Keep multiple copies of digital files. These can be kept on multiple devices including; hard drives, flash drives, memory sticks, CD-ROMS, and the cloud (e-mail, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud). It can be fairly easy for digital files to loose data. Keeping multiple copies helps prevent lost data.

Clearly label your files and date them with their original creation date.

Properly store your storage devices; keep devices away from light, heat, moisture, and magnetic fields.

If you are digitizing paper documents, photographs, film, or audio it is critical to keep the original. Just because there is a digital version of your collection now does not necessarily mean that it will last forever.

Remember to check your digital files regularly. If inspected regularly, digital files have a better chance of survival without data loss.

Check out the Library of Congress' Preservation Tips for Family Collections for further information.